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Opening 11.04.19, 7 pm
Minerva Cuevas’ works move at the interface to political action and practices of
social self-determination. Conditions of global food production, the economization and distribution of natural resources on a global level as well as the social causes and consequences of climate change and neoliberal labour market policies are recurring themes in her work. She appropriates the language of the establishment (institutional branding, advertising and commerce) while delivering a message of non-compliance and resistance. Working in different media such as film, performance, installation and mural painting, the research process is a core element in her artistic practice.

In the exhibition "No Room to Play" Cuevas plays with apocalyptic perspectives and deals with the history of playgrounds in Germany after the Second World War. She explores the connection between historical conditions of urban development and territorial affiliation with principles of competition and play. The motto of the Olympic Games, "Faster, Higher, Stronger", is subjected to a close scrutiny in the context of feminist and anti-capitalist perspectives.

Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975 in Mexico City) was a fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2003 and presented the exhibition titled Schwarzfahrer are my Heroes at the daadgalerie in Kurfürstenstrasse in 2004. This year she has been invited again to develop a new project for the space of daadgalerie.


Images:
Minerva Cuevas, No Room To Play, video still, 2019

Fanny Blankers-Koen of Holland crosses the line to win the 4 x 100-meter relay final during the Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium in London. The Dutchwoman should have been well past her prime at 30, when she won four Olympic titles at the 1948 London Games
Copyright: picture alliance / AP


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